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Friday, September 2,2011

KAY'S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Cow/calf producers and stocker operators in western and northern states are enjoying one of their best grass seasons for some years. Contrast this with the dire conditions in Texas, Oklahoma, parts of surrounding states and all the way to Florida.

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Friday, August 26,2011

Interactive farm fiction

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
A sub-genre in fiction is called fan fiction. Look it up online and youll see how the interactivity keeps story engines humming as mostly school-age writers explore plot twists, hinges and consequences. Facebook has an interactive fiction game called Farmville.

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Friday, August 26,2011

LEGALLY speaking

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
Under the IRS hobby loss rule, if you have losses in connection with any farming activity, whether livestock, horses, or crops, the IRS may suspect that the activity is engaged in as a hobby rather than a business, particularly if there is a history of losses.

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Friday, August 19,2011

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Many cattlemen in the southern Plains and south have been forced to sell deep into their cow herds, knowing that restocking in the future will come at a much higher price level. Many have scoured the country for pasture, trying to keep their valuable cow herds intact regardless of trucking costs.

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Friday, August 19,2011

Management topics

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
There is an old comp u t e r phrase garbage in, g a r b a g e out. The same can be said for performance data and its use to the seedstock and commercial sectors.

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Friday, August 12,2011

ID a smart move

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Any proposed National Animal Identification System has been a contentious issue in the past. Now it looks as if it is going to be a condition of trade soon. Last week, USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service kicked out its proposed rule for Animal Disease Traceability, or what some might call mandatory animal identification. This time the

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Friday, August 12,2011

Vetís perspective: Managing cattle through heat and drought

by WLJ
This summerís heat and dry weather throughout the western states has presented an added challenge to producers in the region. According to the National Weather Service, more than 1,000 heat records have been set or tied during the month of July throughout the nation.

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Friday, August 12,2011

Bull Tales

by D. "Bing" Bingham - contributing columnist
She�s a little bit of a thing, doesn�t weigh as much as a big bag of dog food. This Aussie/Border Collie cross is short on cow skills, long on sheep, and her favorite thing in the world is an unruly hog. Ordinarily, I�d never think of her as a theft target�except for one thing� packrats.

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Friday, August 12,2011

OBITUARY

by WLJ
In 1964, the family moved into town. Green worked at the fair- grounds helping Jay Binder and Sonny Bain. He was very active in 4-H and FFA and showed many steers. His numerous animal proj- ects, including steers, horses and dogs, were financed through several after-school and summer jobs.

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Friday, August 5,2011

GUEST opinion

by WLJ
As every single rancher who lives west of the Mississippi River knows, our nations leading environmental laws have evolved from species and resource protection acts at their inception to land and water control acts today.

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